James Mick is an associate professor of music education at Ithaca College in upstate New York. In February I heard Dr. Mick give an inspiring TMEA workshop on getting the most out of your orchestra rehearsals. His presentation was extremely informative and offered many really practical suggestions for improvement. We spoke more recently about just one aspect of his presentation, focusing on the importance of how a director delivers information.
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When working up new repertoire, Dan assigns each student one of the more challenging and/or important sections via SmartMusic. When students practice this material at home with immediate feedback, they prepare notes and rhythms more quickly. What’s more, Dan also encourages students to listen to the recording of the professional ensemble that accompanies their assignments to get a sense of phrasing, shaping, dynamics, and more.
The secretary. The custodian. The counselor. These people in your building play an often behind-the-scenes, yet vitally important, role in your program’s success. Of these three, however, the counselor is often the most underutilized. It was not until I became a school counselor (after 10 years of teaching band) that I realized the many ways counselors affected my band program and wished I had known then what I know now.
Be honest: you had a dream job in mind when you graduated with your music education degree. Maybe you had your heart set on leading a major national marching program as a head director. Maybe you wanted to teach beginning strings. Unfortunately, your ideal position may not have been available when you did a job search.
This month we’ve added 12 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, and string orchestra. View the complete list.Methods and Solos
This month we added a series of three guitar method books from FJHMusic, Young Beginner Guitar Method, Books 1-3.
A few years ago I was a composer-in-residence at a university. While there I worked with many of the students, as well as with outlying teachers. One teacher was at the beginning of her second year of teaching. Her undergraduate degree had included creative music-making pedagogy, and according to staff at the university, she was a star student.
Imagine a conversation like this in your classroom:
Director: Today I propose to do something for you that none of your other teachers will ever do. I’m prepared to let you decide what we will work on in this class.
Students: [Most showing interest, except for some percussionists who appear to be digging a tunnel.]
Director: Specifically, I will let you choose what we will perform on the next concert.